Brandon Sheppard, seen here last Saturday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, was one of five drivers who were disqualified from their finishes earlier this month in the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. (Heath Lawson Photo)
CONCORD, N.C. – DIRTcar Racing officials have disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway.
Tire samples collected from the No. B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, the No. 22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, the No. 20 driven by Jimmy Owens, the No. 33X driven by Ricky Thornton and No. 0 driven by Scott Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.
A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9-11, from participants.
All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1.
Rule 15.11-G. states that chemical alterations, vulcanizing, tire softening, defacing and/or altering the face of the tire lettering and/or tire stamping will not be permitted. Chemicals or tire softening is not permitted at any time. Tires may be inspected at any time. Any violation with any tire presented for competition may result in immediate disqualification from the events and/or other penalties including but not limited to; loss of money, fine, loss of points and/or suspension.
All five have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.
Each has been placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, which includes World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition, beginning June 11, 2016 and concluding Sept. 11, 2016 and will be under probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season.